Caixa Forum, Madrid
​Caixa Forum, Madrid, Herzog and de Meuron

Design for Architectural Heritage

ACEX35,Masters’ thesis direction, 2019/2020​

Description of direction

The direction works with the architectural heritage we all share and need. A place contains memories, it adds values to the physical space. You can do a master thesis based upon some existing building, transformation. Or have focus on adding something new, communicating to the old structure and heritage. In both ways, you will have to sort out what is the qualities? How do you interpret and valuate them? How can you enable the site?? The example from Madrid, Caixa is a remarkable example, brave and new, still very transparent and honest. The best way of preserving is to put a new live into a building, fill it with new activities and people how cares. Often are new additions a balance walks between scale, materials and details. Long-lasting architecture is sustainable, our heritage must be taken care of by hands for future. In this direction you explore the possibilities and shortcomings. It is a very important field for architects, how to “communicate” to existing environments, buildings and stakeholders.​


Dolff-Bonekämper, Gabi, 2008. “The social and spatial frameworks of heritage – What is new in the Faro Convention? Heritage and Beyond, Council of Europe Publications​.
Hantverk, Byggnadshantverk
Forsyth Michael edit. (2008) Materials & Skills for Historic Building Conservation​, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK​.
Watt David S. (2008) Building Pathology, Principles and Practice, Second ed. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford UK.
Engström, Dan (2004) Arkitektur & bärverk / Dan Engström; med bidrag från Andreas Falk ISBN:978-91-540-5923-2
Samuelsson Sten (2014), Ingenjörens konst, Material och konstruktion ger form, Balkong förlag Stockholm.
Andersson, K. Hildebrand, A. (1988) Byggnadsarkeologisk undersökning. Det murade huset. Stockholm: Riksantikvarieämbetet. 2. rev. uppl., ISBN 91-7192-744-1
Robertsson Stig, (2012) Fem pelare: en vägledning för god byggnadsvård. Riksantikvarieämbetet, Stockholm
Kulturhistoriskt värde
Génetay, Cissela & Lindberg, Ulf (2014). Plattform Kulturhistorisk värdering och urval: grundläggande förhållningssätt för arbete med att definiera, värdera, prioritera och utveckla kulturarvet. Stockholm: Riksantikvarieämbetet
Unnerbäck Axel, Lierud Per, (2002) Kulturhistorisk värdering av bebyggelse. Riksantikvarieämbetet Stockholm.
Focus on buildings
BEDOIRE, FREDRIC (2013). Restaureringskonstens historia. Stockholm.
Original texts on theory and history
Historical and Philosophical Issues in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage (1996), Edited by Nicholas S. Price, M. Kirby Talley Jr., Alessandra M. Vaccaro. Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Trust 1996.
The development of the proncipal schools
JOKILEHTO, JUKKA (2018) A History of Architectural Conservation, Oxford : Butterworth-Heinemann.
Critical on conventions on intangible heritage
KURIN, RICHARD (2004): “Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in the 2003 UNESCO Convention: a critical appraisal”, I: Museum International vol 56 Issue 1-2 2004

Charters & Conventions


Kia Bengtsson Ekström, Oscar Carlsson, Anita Ollár​

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